Sting's second classical release is The Journey and the Labyrinth: The Music of John Dowland, a DVD/CD spinoff of his Songs From the Labyrinth, issued last fall. The DVD portion of the new album offers an extended version of Sting's PBS special about Dowland and the Labyrinth project; the bonus CD was recorded live at a concert Sting and lutenist Edin Karamazov gave last year at St. Luke's in London.
The Journey and the Labyrinth arrived on last week's classical chart at no. 2, displacing Songs From the Labyrinth, which is now at no. 3. (Cellist Yo-Yo Ma's Appassionato remained on top of the chart for the sixth consecutive week.)
Thibaudet's latest disc, Aria, Opera Without Words, landed at no. 11. The album offers a collection of piano arrangements of operatic music, from a m_lodie from Gluck's Orph_e et Eurydice to Puccini's "O mio babbino caro" and "Vissi d'arte" to Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries."
Yundi Li's new recording of piano concertos by Liszt and Chopin, with Andrew Davis conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra, made its chart debut at no. 19.
Arriving on the chart at no. 25 was the Philadelphia Orchestra's first recording featuring the new Cooper Memorial Organ at Verizon Hall. The disc, with soloist Olivier Latry and conductor Christoph Eschenbach, includes Saint-SaêŠns's "Organ" Symphony (No. 3), Poulenc's Organ Concerto and Barber's Toccata Festiva.
Returning to last week's Billboard classical chart were two Grammy winners: the Michael Tilson Thomas/San Francisco Symphony Orchestra recording of Mahler's 7th Symphony (no. 13), and Da Pacem and other choral works by Arvo P‹rt performed by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (no. 15).
Last week's Billboard classical crossover chart stayed more or less as it was the previous week, with no new titles and the only re-entry being The Celtic Tenors' Remember Me at no. 17. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir's disc of Broadway tunes, Showtime!, broke the top 10, reaching no. 8 in its second week on the chart. Josh Groban's Awake remains at no. 1, followed by three titles each by Il Divo and Andrea Bocelli.